(I've received a ton of viewer information on this location, so I'll be updating it shortly!)
The Southside KMart sits on Division Street in Parkersburg, and was built in the mid 1970s. Several years prior, a home stood close to the property. Two teenage boys, after a family squabble, were found guilty of setting the home ablaze, and killing several family members. The boys were tried, the property razed, and the new retail store was put in.
However, that's not where the story ends, allegedly...
Overnight stock crews and other graveyard shift personnel have reported a host of paranormal activity, which they seem to blame on the arson/murders. The store is home to poltergeist type of activity, such as merchandise waiting in carts ready to be stocked finding itself on the shelves when no one is around. On the other hand, merchandise is also sometimes pulled OFF shelves, and found stacked neatly in the center of aisles. Carts and other items move by themselves on a fairly regular basis, but the spookiest haunting tales come from the audio disturbances.
Workers routinely report hearing a phantom radio play. The radio plays a variety of music, news, and even ballgames, but they are always from many years ago. Even more eerie is the disembodied voice that comes over the intercom. It is the voice of a woman. Her voice, which is reported as sounding as if its coming from far away, or even under water, cannot be heard clearly, yet its apparent to witnesses that she seems pitiful, and almost as if in distress.
Itching for more haunted chain stores? Click HERE to see the famous photo and read the tale behind the spirit who walks the aisles at a California Toys 'R Us!